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Syntactic Features of English Idioms

Author(s): Gunel Izzaddin Yusifova

Journal: International Journal of English Linguistics
ISSN 1923-869X

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Idioms are the expressions the elements of which cannot be changed or replaced by other elements. They are called fixed expressions. However, some changes are possible within idioms. These changes may be both lexical and grammatical. The acticle deals with the syntactic features of idioms, possible transformations within idioms. Besides, the essential point in the article is to understand why some idioms undergo transformations, while the others don’t. Semantics and syntax are taken as a whole in the system of the English language, and the research is carried as to the mutual relationship between them. Different linguistic and cognitive approaches by different scholars have been analyzed in the article, and the proper conclusions have been made.

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